MARCH 21, 2007
Although several politicians have returned tainted money from a company that has defrauded small businesses out of millions of dollars, Hillary Clinton refuses to part with her dirty cash despite pleas from dozens of victims.
The Illinois consulting company, International Profit Associates (IPA), is owned by a disbarred lawyer named John R. Burgess whose criminal accomplishments include hiring a 16-year-old prostitute and attempted larceny. IPA is among Clinton’s largest single sources of campaign contributions with $150,000 in donations over the years and more to come during her presidential run.
The company is best known for operating a scam that has defrauded small businesses across the U.S. and Canada out of millions of dollars over the last decade. In fact, several victims are suing IPA under a federal law (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) created by Congress in 1970 to destroy the mafia.
The latest multi million-dollar lawsuit against IPA was filed this week in an Illinois federal court. Earlier this year a separate suit was filed in Albany New York. The plaintiffs, all owners of small businesses defrauded by Clinton’s good friend, have asked politicians to return any cash received from IPA. Many have, but Clinton has so far refused.
The New York senator seems unaffected by the more than 200 lawsuits filed against her corrupt friend with deep pockets. The suits accuse IPA of deceptive marketing practices, fraud, and an array of illegal tactics.
Even the Attorney General’s of two states – Illinois and Wisconsin – have investigated IPA for failing to pay former employees’ wages and deceptive and unfair business practices. IPA has also been federally investigated for the sexual harassment of 113 female employees.
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